About the Elizabeth Heights Community
Elizabeth Heights has restored the Grier Heights neighborhood in Charlotte to a flourishing community for young families. The CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing & Community Development and the Self-Help CDC acquired 23 vacant duplexes to create the neighborhood that will ultimately offer 29 affordable and eight market-rate homes.
The craftsman-style homes boast hardwood flooring, granite countertops, upgraded lighting and large front porches as well as elements built to SystemVision, GreenBuild NC and Energy Star standards, saving on heating and cooling costs for homeowners. The three-bedroom homes average 1,400 to 1,500 square feet with sales prices ranging from $132,000 to $165,000 for affordable homes and $170,000 to $225,000 for market-rate houses. The NC Housing Finance Agency provides zero-interest, deferred second mortgages up to 15 percent of the purchase price to help make the homes even more affordable.
Elizabeth Heights has become home to a diverse collection of working families, including school teachers, delivery persons, administrators and chefs, as well as two military veterans. A number of programs are available for neighborhood youth, including mentoring and tutoring, transportation to local swim classes and after school programs, and a “cash for trash” program to help keep the neighborhood clean.
The community center also offers job, literacy and computer training classes for homeowners, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has a new division in the neighborhood. The close proximity to uptown Charlotte gives homeowners access to employment opportunities, shopping centers, medical offices, child care centers and local social service agencies.
Elizabeth Heights has been recognized in the press and was recently honored at the Housing North Carolina Awards.